Wild Harvesting Wild Seed

I have long been an admirer of Vandana Shiva. Her work seeks to restore connections, tell the stories of the seeds, and, in the process of saving seeds, save humanity – and much other biodiversity – is inspiring. Vandana Shiva is the keynote speaker at this year’s Slow Seed Summit, sponsored by Slow Food USA….

Free State Forage

Social media connections set me on the road North to forage in the Free State this month. Along the unkempt road verges beside chemical drenched, ploughed up, bare fields (used for growing sunflowers, maize, sorghum, and soya), our indigenous poppy Papaver aculeatum was blooming. I adore this little flower and for all its delicacy, admire…

Grazing

Recently, I was asked to write a book review for the African Journal of Range & Forage Science. I know, it is a bit odd. I am not a sciencey person and although I am a writey person, I have never actually written a book review. I had also never read an entire book as…

Karoo Kos

When my Instagram pal Karen McEwan of True Karoo Trading (and festival organiser supreme) invited me to come to the Karoo Food Festival to talk about weeds, I hesitated.  It is so far, I thought. That’s true, it is far, but also a fabulous opportunity for a little foodie road trip.  What if there are…

Eating Weeds

I am very enthusiastic about eating weeds. I have recently been sharing this (and other wild ideas) with a variety of audiences.  More talks and walks to come, but I have compiled some notes for new foragers to refer to. Free food is everywhere – right under your feet. Along the path, in the supermarket…